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Former Navajo Nation Associate Justice Lorene Ferguson Dies Of COVID-19 Complications

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Navajo Nation leaders are offering condolences to the family and friends of former Navajo Nation Supreme Court Associate Justice Lorene Ferguson. She died Monday from complications of Covid-19.

Ferguson was one of the first women to serve as a justice on the Navajo Nation Supreme Court. She served from 2001-2007 and was appointed to serve as Acting Chief Justice of the Supreme Court from 2004-2005. Prior to her appointment as a justice, Ferguson served as the Navajo Nation Circuit Court Judge in the Kayenta District Court, and as Navajo Tribal Court Judge assigned to different areas across the Navajo Nation. According to a statement by her family, Ferguson drafted the first Navajo Election Code and Navajo Scholarship policy for the Department of Education.